October 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2020

Enjoy all the special events and Bavarian Village. Make sure you stop by the Dachshund Races or enter the Lederhosen & Dirndl Costume Contest!

2020 Updates Coming Soon!

Events: October 2, 3 & 4 – Oktoberfest

Beard Competition

Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter! The most appealing beards will win prizes in the categories of Longest Beard, Grizzliest (Fullest) Beard, Most Unique Beard, Best Mustache, and Best Trimmed Beard. The competition will take place at the Special Events Stage at 3pm.

Bier Pong

Grab a beer and a partner to play Bier Pong and win prizes at Shepherd’s Green Field at 1:30pm. Come and play!

Dachshund Races

Come one, come all to watch these little pups prance! Tiny Dachshunds will test their speed against other pups and win prizes from Long Dog Apparel! This is the most fun you can have on four legs. Races will be held at the Joust Track at 2:30pm.

Download Dachshund Registration Form Here


Patrons can battle one another by using a wedge-shaped hammer to hit a nail into a tree stump. Come to Shepherd’s Green at 1:00pm to participate and win prizes!

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Lederhosen & Dirndl Costume Contest

Fasten your beer helmet, lace up your dirndl, and adjust your lederhosen! Now that you’re ready for Oktoberfest, head over to the Special Events Stage at 11am for our costume contest. Best costume will win prizes!

Sauerkraut Eating Contest

All patrons fit for the challenge can fill their bellies with a German favorite at this competition! Bring your appetite to the Special Events Stage at 3:30pm to compete and win prizes. 

Stein Holding Contest

Hold your stein for as long as you can! Steins will be filled with water and contestants must hold the stein with their arm fully extended perpendicular to the body. Come to Shepherd’s Green at 12:30pm to participate. 

Troy Flemming – Yodeling

Come experience the precise vocal  technique of yodeling!  Performed again by Troy Flemming, this event is sure to knock your wooden clogs off.

10:30 am & 11:30 am at Shepherds Green Stage

Wife Carry

Get into the team spirit with this contest!  First to carry their partner over the finish line wins.

12:00pm in Shepherds Green Field

Tastings: September 28 & 29 – Oktoberfest

  • Schell’s – Time: 12, 2 & 4 PM; Location: Pavilion
  • Truly – Time: 1-4 PM; Location: Shepherds Green Field

Check out the Bavarian Village vendors during Oktoberfest ONLY!


Thank you to our Oktoberfest sponsors!

Promotions: September 28 & 29 – Oktoberfest

Renaissance Scholars

FREE Complimentary Ticket

Congratulations! We are celebrating your Honor Roll achievement by providing you a FREE complimentary ticket to the 2019 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. WE are proud of you and you should be proud too!

  • Watch Live Armored Jousting on Horseback
  • Attend Juggling School
  • See Comedy & Magic on 16 Stages of Exciting Entertainment
  • Experience Live Craft Demonstrations
  • Learn about Music, Dance, Fencing and Fashion of the Renaissance Period

Please bring your report card to the box office to receive your complimentary honor roll ticket to the Festival!

SIN Day 

September 29th

Join the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for Service Industry Day where everyone working in the Food & Lodging Service Industry will receive $5 off admission with proof of current employment!

Are you interested in being a vendor on this weekend? Download the form below! 

Merchandise/Promotional Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application